|This summer, the Buffalo Philharmonic will perform at 11 of Western New York’s most iconic parks and venues.
The summer season begins with a performance at the Ellicottville Music Festival at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 2, featuring the music of heroes and villains. The orchestra will be in downtown Buffalo the following night for the annual Independence Eve celebration following the Buffalo Bisons – Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders game at 6:05 p.m. The concert will be conducted by Stefan Sanders and includes a spectacular post-concert fireworks display.
Return to Artpark
JoAnn Falletta’s sole appearance on the BPO podium this summer will come on Sunday, July 24, as the orchestra returns to Artpark with an all-Beethoven program. Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 5 is the centerpiece of this program, which also includes the Egmont Overture.
On Tuesday, July 19, the BPO joins the global commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare with a free concert in Delaware Park. Actors from Shakespeare in the Park join the BPO for an evening of music and scenes from Shakespeare’s works, presented on the newly-renovated Shakespeare in the Park stage. This free concert is sponsored by Gibraltar and by Gurney Becker and Bourne, with support from Delaware District Councilmember Joel Feroleto.
Bowie at Canalside
David Bowie’s death in February prompted an international outpouring of admiration and respect for his music. After an extremely well-received performance with the BPO in March, the Jeans n’ Classics band returns to join the BPO on July 28 to perform “The Music of David Bowie” on the Free Thursday Summer Concert Series at Canalside. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the BPO taking the stage at 8 p.m.
Patriotic Flair at Old Fort Niagara
The BPO’s summer season concludes with an outdoor concert at Old Fort Niagara at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 31. Concert tickets include admission to the Fort, and everyone is encouraged to come early to explore Western New York’s oldest historic site. Stefan Sanders leads this thrilling concert, featuring patriotic favorites by John Williams and John Phillip Sousa, music from the Batman and Star Trek film and television franchises, and more. A fireworks show and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” provides a dramatic conclusion to the summer season of music. Family four-packs are available for only $60, which includes two adults and two children under 18 or students. Tickets are available at bpo.org.
Free concerts in the parks
On Thursday, July 7, the orchestra begins a series of free park concerts led by Stefan Sanders. They will perform at Knox Farm in East Aurora at 7 p.m. with a rain date of July 8 at the same time. Bubbles and Brews, a fundraising event for Knox Farm, will be held in the Main House from 5-9 p.m. July 7 (rain or shine). This year, the food and beverage will be prepared by The Roycroft Inn. Proceeds from this event support the concert and renovations to the Main House. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased at friendsofknoxfarm.org. The BPO’s free performance is sponsored by Fox Run Orchard Park and by Moog.
BPO Fantasy Camp
On July 18, 48 adults from six countries and all over the United States will come to Western New York for a week-long Fantasy Camp experience with the BPO. Participants will receive coaching from orchestra members, experience chamber music workshops, and spend the week rehearsing with JoAnn Falletta and the orchestra to prepare for a concert on Friday, July 22. This special private concert will be presented for the BPO’s subscribers and donors in recognition of their support of the orchestra.
Full BPO Summer schedule
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Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
|As Buffalo’s cultural ambassador, the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the leadership of music director JoAnn Falletta presents more than 100 concerts each year. Since 1940, the orchestra’s home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark with a reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States. During the tenure of JoAnn Falletta, the BPO has rekindled its history of radio broadcasts and recordings, including the release of 36 new recordings on the Naxos and Beau Fleuve labels. For more information about the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, visit www.bpo.org.